Weekend blast to Phayao

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by john, Mar 16, 2004.

  1. john

    john Ol'Timer

    As it was Election weekend, with no alcohol sales or service after 6PM on Saturday, it seemed a good enough reason for a trip out of Town.(Chiang Mai). We got away from the Kafe at 3PM sharp.
    Leading us out of town was out Fearless Leader, David dressed in his new red riding jacket on his African Twin with his girlfriend Meow aboard. Dave (SilverHawk) on his TDM with his new glow in the dark windscreen, Robert (Mr.BM) on his latest BM with his just the right size girlfriend Ning and Myself on my new (and Roberts old) BM. It maybe a couple of years old, but it is still a sweet road machine.
    We headed out of town on Route 118 with a small amount of confusion as to who ws waiting for who. Hand phones sure are handy. Traffic was light and the road was in good condition for a good blast up to Route 120. Nice easy going with nun of those kinda of turns that tighten up on you half way thru. I thing the technical term is decreased radius. Route 120 connects with Route 1 and into Phayao.

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    We arrived shortly before sunset and cruised along the promenade along the shoreline of Lake Phayao.

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    Lots of people hangout enjoying the sunset. After a quick shower at the Gateway Hotel (very good value for money at 800 baht for a large A/C room with breakfast included) we returned to the Lake to one of the many restaurants for drinks and dinner. Not much going on as it was the night before the Provincial elections. It was and early night and the Tea Drinkers would be proud.
    Sunday started off with a leasurely breakfast at the Hotel. We departed about 11AM and stopped by a Wat in Phayao who's name escapes me, but the scene depicted there didn't.

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    The best way I can describe it is this must be what happens in the next live if you screw up your current one.

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    Our next stop was Wang Kaew waterfalls.

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    Out of Phayao on Route 1 to Route 120 down to Wang Nua and hang a right onto Route 1303. Go the the end of the road and you are at the falls. Wang Kaew is a good place to spend some time, especially on very hot days such as it was on Sunday. It is a short walk to the lower pools and a good place for a dip to cool off.
    Back down Route 1303 and right onto Route 120 to start the blast back to Chiang Mai. Again traffic was light and we did keep the power on. JOHN
     
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  3. SilverhawkUSA

    SilverhawkUSA Ol'Timer

    The only thing John left out is at the falls Robert (aka Mr. Hot Springs) could not resist jumping in the lower pool. The sight of him in only his shorts, pure white from the TOP of his head to his toes, bobbing around on the inner tube

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    he pilfered from a nearby family, may haunt me longer than the images of "Buddha Hell" we viewed in Phayao.

    Only about an hour and a half or so from Chiang Mai to the falls, it is a great place to hang out for an afternoon and cool off. Many local teenagers were flooding in as we left for some socializing and drinking. Others who were already there seemed surprised to see falangs but offered us food and drink along with some friendly joking around.

    There is a fee for the falls, and they tried the 200 baht for foreigner scam, but we were able to get in with showing our Thai drivers license and paying the Thai price (although the guard complained to David about losing money).

    Dave Early

    Ever notice that "What the Heck!" is usually the right answer?
     

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